HARVEY (WILLIAM) The Anatomical Exercises... Concerning the Motion of the Heart and the Blood. With the Preface of Zachariah Wood... to Which is Added, Dr. James De Back his Discourse of the Heart, Francis Leach, for Richard Lowndes, 1653
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HARVEY (WILLIAM)
The Anatomical Exercises... Concerning the Motion of the Heart and the Blood. With the Preface of Zachariah Wood... to Which is Added, Dr. James De Back his Discourse of the Heart, Francis Leach, for Richard Lowndes, 1653
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 25,082) inc. premium

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HARVEY (WILLIAM)
The Anatomical Exercises... Concerning the Motion of the Heart and the Blood. With the Preface of Zachariah Wood... to Which is Added, Dr. James De Back his Discourse of the Heart, first edition in English, issue with title a cancel, without initial blank, 2 short ink lines in margin of p.45, small nick in upper blank margin of approximately 20 leaves, contemporary sheep, rebacked, worn [ESTC R20704; Keynes, Harvey 19; Krivatsy 5338; Norman 1008; Wellcome 12104823], 8vo (155 x 92mm.), Francis Leach, for Richard Lowndes, 1653

Footnotes

  • First edition in English of Harvey's De motu cordis. The translation, described by Keynes as "a vigorous, if unpolished, version... in contemporary language", was based upon the Latin edition published at Rotterdam in 1648. Also included in this edition are a translation of James De Back's treatise on the blood in which he offers a "defence of Harvey's circulation", and Harvey's essays ("Two anatomical exercitations") written in response to Jean Riolan's criticisms.

    Provenance: "To Pat Mumford, July 1939 from her grandfather Alfred A. Mumford. I have valued this book and still more have admired the author for many years. I believe my grandaughter will admire Harvey the more she hears about him. A.A.M.", ownership inscription on front free endpaper; by descent to current owner.
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